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Colorado Medical Marijuana Types: A Brief Understanding

Staff CMM - Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Throughout the next several blogs, readers will be informed on several different strains of marijuana available at many medical marijuana dispensaries as well as what the different strains are used for.

Purple Kush is a Grade A Indica strain with an earthy taste and fruity smell. Some consider it to have a rather skunky smell. However, it has a smooth taste and is very potent. Purple Kush is mainly used for insomnia, pain relief, depression, anxiety and nausea. Negative effects can include making the user easily tired as well as producing a very ‘stony’ high.

Cinderella 99 (C99) is a Grade A Sativa strain with a rather fruity taste and smell, reminiscent of lemon haze. The flavor is very lemony and the smoke is considered clean and smooth. Cinderella 99 is extremely potent, providing an instant high. Cinderella 99 is used mainly for daytime use, stress and depression.

Bedrock is a Grade C+ Hybrid (Sativa dominant) strain with dark undertones. It has a fruity smell and taste with what seems to be almost a pinch of mocha. Bedrock is used mainly for stress, mild depression and anxiety. Negative effects are minimal, as this strain is quite mild.

New Study Shows IQ Decline in Marijuana Users

Staff CMM - Wednesday, October 03, 2012
As the Colorado medical marijuana debate gains strength, some are turning to research performed in other areas to back their opinion. A study performed in New Zealand posted results recently that showed people who became dependent on marijuana before the age of 18 showed an average IQ decline of eight points by the age of 38. One thousand people were involved in the study, which tested participants at the age of 13, before any significant use and again at the age of 38. The study indicated that those who became dependent on marijuana by the age of 18 showed a decline in IQ, whereas those who became dependent later in their adult life did not show as much decline. It is theorized that the drug has a much greater effect on the brain that is still in the growth stage. The study also showed that quitting the drug did not correct the problem. One researcher stated that the main lesson he sees in this is that for health reasons, it is better to avoid the drug entirely.

Recent Research Shows Medical Marijuana Benefits

Staff CMM - Saturday, July 28, 2012

In recent studies presented in ‘The Open Neurology Journal’ by the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, conclusions have been drawn as to the actual benefit of marijuana in medical situations. Currently, medical marijuana uses are classified with the government as 'not tenable.' The study states that this federal classification, along with many of the political obstructions associated with it are considered a detrimental obstacle to marijuana’s medical process. Over the past ten years, the CMCR has conducted 13 studies showing the benefits of marijuana for a variety of serious illnesses including HIV, cancer, Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. The drug has proven beneficial to those afflicted with these and a variety of other illnesses in controlling and easing pain, reducing vomiting and nausea and increasing appetite in those suffering from these illnesses as well as from the side effects of chemotherapy and has proven to provide patients with long-term pain relief. The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research aims to change the government’s classification of the drug with its findings.

Nursing Home Policies on Medical Marijuana Still Unclear

Staff CMM - Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Although Colorado state law dictates that patients in nursing homes are allowed to use medical marijuana for eight specific conditions, many nursing homes are hesitant to take the risk of allowing and/or administering it to their patients since the substance is still considered illegal under federal law. Many long-term care facilities in the state would prefer to play it safe and follow federal law rather than taking any chances. Some facilities such as North Star Rehabilitation & Care Community are taking a zero tolerance stance when it comes to medical marijuana and state their policy clearly during the admission process. As the facility views it, the nurses would be responsible for administering the marijuana and that would place them in a liability situation that the facilities would rather avoid. There are other facilities, however, who take a more lenient stance on the subject. Sunrise at Cherry Creek views medical marijuana much as any other medication, but states clearly that the medical marijuana must be ingested either in pill form or baked into food. Walking the fine line between state and federal laws has put some nursing homes in a tough spot and many are simply choosing to err on the side of caution and ban the substance from their facility altogether.

Growing Medical Marijuana for the New Colorado Patient

Staff CMM - Friday, May 11, 2012
Growing your own marijuana for medical use can be tricky. However, armed with a bit of knowledge, kit is possible to cultivate the state required six plants easily and with very little hassle. The first thing to remember is that marijuana plants require light, water, ventilation, the proper temperature and plenty of nutrients. Being an annual plant, cannabis is generally grown outside and therefore has adapted to seasonal changes and buds and flowers according to these seasonal changes. If the plant is grown indoors, the grower must be certain to use the proper lighting to simulate an outdoor environment. During the vegetation stage, it is recommended to give the plant 18 hours of light followed by six hours of dark. Once the plant has reached the appropriate height, it is then recommended to give the plans 12 hours of light followed by 12 hours of dark in order to trick the plants into budding. When budding begins, it is crucial to remove the male plants before they have a chance to pollinate the female plants. Female plants that have been pollinated will not be able to produce the appropriate buds needed. Once a female plant flowers, these flowers will be harvested for later use.

Understanding Medical Marijuana Strains

Staff CMM - Tuesday, May 08, 2012
For those patients who are new to the medical marijuana arena, getting a better understanding of marijuana strains can be a big help. Basically, there are two types of strains; the cannabis Sativa strains, which tend to present a lighter feeling and the cannabis Indica strains, which tends to offer a heavier, more stoned feeling. Depending on the patient’s medical needs, experimenting with the strains until one is found that will offer relief from symptoms may be the way to go. The Sativa strains tend to be of a taller variety, while the Indica strains are shorter and more compact. Both strains offer a very wide variety of hybrids to choose from and evaluating the various strains can help the patient find the appropriate medical marijuana to cope with their chronic condition. Patients should seek the professional opinion of someone at a medical marijuana dispensary to help them sort through the various strains and hybrids for a better understanding of what is available.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Patients Seek to Add New Conditions to Approved List

Todd Davis - Monday, May 16, 2011

 

 

While the list of approved medical conditions for the usage of medical marijuana is already quite large in its own right, many medical patients have been seeking to add new conditions to the list. The Colorado Department of Health has received many petitions to add the following debilitating medical conditions to is approved list of conditions for which medical marijuana can be recommended by a physician: asthma, atherosclerosis, Bipolar disorder, Crohn’s disease, diabetes mellitus; types 1 and 2, diabetic retinopathy, Hepatitis C, hypertension, methicillan-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), opiod dependence, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), rheumatoid arthritis, severe anxiety & clinical depression and Tourette’s syndrome. As of yet, the Colorado Department of Public Health has not approved any of these conditions for the use of medical marijuana.

US Farmers Vying for Hemp Legislation Changes, You can Help

Todd Davis - Friday, May 13, 2011

Dear MMJ patients,

On May 2nd Representatives Ron Paul, Barney Frank, Dana Rohrabacher and Jared Polis sent out a Dear Colleague letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives announcing the upcoming introduction of their hemp farming bill and asking them to become original cosponsors of the bill.

We need your help! Your representative in the U.S. House needs to hear from you so they have a good reason to become an original cosponsor of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011, which will be introduced this week. They can become an original cosponsor today. Please log on to the link below or call or write your representative directly.


http://capwiz.com/votehemp/issues/alert/?alertid=46263501

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Common Side Effects of Marijuana

Todd Davis - Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Medicinal marijuana in Colorado has plenty of medical benefit; mostly in the form of pain relief. Although the medicinal properties are legitimate, one cannot deny that all treatment comes with side effects. Compared to other, harsher pharmaceutical drugs, medical cannabis actually has acceptable effects. Most people know about the common short term effects like dry mouth, sort term memory loss, red eye, and drowsiness. It should be known, however, that medical marijuana does have effects that are longer lasting and less well known. Many users experience paranoia, this effect can become inflated for the common user, sometimes leading to social withdrawal and anxiety. Although drowsiness is a common short term effect, cannabis can actually cause heightened blood pressure and brain activity, leading to sleep deprivation effects. Effects such as euphoria can be a positive experience, but some chronic medicinal marijuana users may experience a dulled sense of time and space; causing tardiness and other unsavory social effects. Colorado medical marijuana has a plethora of positive uses and medical benefits. In contrast, it is not without side effect and consequence. A potential medicinal cannabis patient should weigh the risk with a qualified physician when choosing the proper treatment.

A Patient’s Perspective

Todd Davis - Sunday, January 17, 2010

As the controversy rages on about the legitimacy of Colorado medicinal marijuana, there is a significant demographic supporting the product; the patient. Opponents to Denver medical marijuana and Colorado marijuana dispensaries claim that the medical benefits are a sham used as a smoke screen to simply legalize a narcotic. A true patient would disagree. In an interview with a serious patient, some genuine medical benefits were unveiled. This patient, a male in his mid 40’s, was involved in a traffic accident; both his legs were mangled in the wreck. To him, Denver medical marijuana has provided him with an alternate pain killer. He also explained that the euphoric properties help with bouts of depression revolving around the pain and make his life experience more enjoyable in general. He complained that other prescribed pain killers were more addictive, less effective, and more expensive. To him, and thousands of similar patients, Colorado medicinal marijuana doctors have helped them find a new avenue for pain relief never before available. After listening to his story, one cannot help but realize the potential legitimacy of medicinal marijuana in Colorado.    


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